WEST SWANZEY — Firefighters fought a three-alarm blaze at a Summer Street residence Monday morning.
All 10 of the building’s occupants escaped the fire, according to the Swanzey Fire Department. Four later went to the hospital for evaluation and treatment for smoke inhalation.
The fire department said in a post on its Facebook page that it was dispatched to a two-apartment structure at 41 Summer St. a little after 5:30 a.m., after a caller reported the fire and said four people were trapped in a second-floor bedroom.
The first responder on the scene, Swanzey police Officer Kristopher Fox, along with Keith Jenna, a resident of the building, raised a ladder to the second floor, according to the post. Fox climbed the ladder and helped two adults, Melody Alexander and Brandon Frazier; two children, 7-year-old Draven Frazier and 10-year-old Brandon Alexander; and two dogs to safety.
The six people in the third-floor apartment, Christopher Frazier, Charlene Grover, Christina Berry, and 6-month-old Braxton Jenna and 8-year-old Braeden Jenna, escaped the building on their own, according to the fire department.
Firefighters reported fire on the second floor and smoke on the second and third floors. They quickly extinguished the second-floor fire and removed the smoke from the building using fans, the post says.
In addition to the Swanzey Fire Department, personnel from the Keene, Richmond, Troy and Winchester fire departments; DiLuzio Ambulance Service; and Southwestern N.H. District Fire Mutual Aid assisted at the scene.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Smoke detectors on all three floors of the building woke residents up, allowing them to escape, according to Swanzey Fire.
The Red Cross is helping the building’s residents, who will be temporarily relocated, the department said in its Facebook post.
Seven cats lived in the building, and not all have been accounted for, according to the post.